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West Side Story earns IHSMTA Award Nominations

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The Shark girls sing and dance about their love for America. | Photo by Rebecca Rogers

The Shark girls sing and dance about their love for America. | Photo by Rebecca Rogers

The Shark girls sing and dance about their love for America. | Photo by Rebecca Rogers

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Every year, Broadway in Chicago hosts the Illinois High School Musical Theatre Awards. This year, York Drama’s spring musical, “West Side Story,” received nominations for Best Actress, Best Actor, and Best Musical.

Maria (Carina Kanzler, junior) and Tony (Erik Martenson, senior) act out their wedding ceremony. | Photo by Rebecca Rogers

The Best Actress nominees are senior Tatum Langley and junior Carina Kanzler. Langley played Anita in “West Side Story,” and Kanzler played Maria.

“Being in theatre usually affords no way to compete against other schools and IHSMTA, though sometimes controversial as all competitions are, gives the ability for actors and departments to be recognized on a wider scale which is super cool,” said Kanzler. “It’s a huge honor to be nominated.”

Maria and Anita (Tatum Langley, senior) disagree about Maria and Tony’s relationship. | Photo by Rebecca Rogers

Senior Erik Martenson was nominated for Best Actor for his role as Tony in the production.

“Playing Tony allowed me to learn about myself and the world around me, and I am honored to be recognized for this award,” said Martenson.

Maria and Tony profess their love to each other on the balcony. | Photo by Rebecca Rogers

Along with these nominations, the production as a whole was nominated for Best Musical along with four other productions from schools in the suburbs of Chicago.

“It’s so cool to be able to work with performers from other high schools throughout the state,” said Langley, who has been nominated for the second time. “The opportunity to learn and perform alongside a diverse array of programs is an honor.”

Maria, Tony, and Anita sing ‘Tonight.’ | Photo by Rebecca Rogers

The whole cast and crew is so proud to have been nominated for this award and cannot wait to continue working next year.

“It is wonderful to be recognized for all the work everyone put into this show, and I feel so lucky to be surrounded by so many talented people,” said senior Taylor Millette, who played a Jet girl in the show. “It was such a good last show, and although I’ll miss everyone a lot, I am so happy to have been  a part of it.

Riff (Sam Griffin, junior) and Bernardo (Eli Maricich, senior) reenact their fight in a dream sequence. | Photo by Rebecca Rogers

The IHSMTA competition and awards ceremony will take place on June 5.

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